DeMarcus Lawrence

Should Tony Romo be traded?

The Cowboys signed Tony Romo to a 6 year $108M extension in 2013 with the intention to keep Romo on the roster through the 2019 season. Fast forward through the 2016 season being led by the rookie fourth round pick Dak Prescott. Now Dallas finished the season at 13-3 with Prescott taking home Rookie of the year honors. Now Dallas is trending upward, they still have a huge predicament, about $30M to be exact.

Dallas enters the offseason currently (according to overthecap.com) $11 million over the 2017 cap, they have a number of options which put them in a very reasonable situation without touching Tony Romo’s contract. However, they will look to take the hit now and not in 2018 where Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Anthony Hitchens, and DeMarcus Lawrence all await free agency simultaneously.

The Money

If Tony Romo is on the roster this season, he will cost the Cowboys (per spotract.com) $24.7M in 2017 and $25.2M in 2018. While Dak Prescott is on his rookie deal, he is only owed $635K in 2017 and $725K in 2018. Huge difference considering the cost you are getting for the production out of Dak Prescott.

If Romo is a post-June 1 2017 cut, that drops to $10.7 million of dead money in 2017 and $8.9 million of…